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University of Maryland

Kelvin Wave Illustration of Quantum Vortices

Caption: Illustration of Kelvin waves on retracting quantized vortices after they met, crossed and exchanged tails -- a process called reconnection. A new study provides visual evidence that after the vortexes snap away from each other, they develop ripples called "Kelvin waves" to quickly get rid of the energy caused by the connection and relax the system.

Credit: Enrico Fonda

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